Trade Ed. Macmillan Audio 2012
CD ISBN 9781427222497 $29.99 Six CDs
DD ISBN 9781427222480 $17.99
Library Ed. Recorded Books 2012
DD ISBN 978-1-4272-2250-3 $39.99
In 1957 Mao encouraged his people to share ideas about strengthening China. After realizing the extent of the opposition, however, he changed his mind, sending thousands who dared to disagree with him to "reeducation" camps. Simon Vance narrates this story of Mao's failed Hundred Flowers campaign and how it affects an educated and once-wealthy family after the head of the household is arrested. The point of view alternates among three generations of individuals, and Vance meets the challenge by adjusting his pitch and tone to telegraph each change. The character-driven novel is enhanced by Vance's insightful pacing and restrained use of drama. The production ends with an exclusive interview with the author, who discusses her writing life, research, and the history of 1950s China. C.B.L. © AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2012]
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